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Round-Up: Go-Ahead AFL 2- June 19th

Round-Up: Go-Ahead AFL 2- June 19th

Thu, 20th June 2024

St Patrick’s Donabate preserved their three-point lead at the summit of the Go-Ahead Dublin Adult Football League Division 2 table when edging past bottom-placed Erin’s Isle by 1-12 to 2-8 in Farnham Drive on Wednesday evening.

The leaders were far from their fluent best throughout but maintained their impressive run towards the top-flight despite some late scares on the away goal.

There was very little change towards the top of the table as second-placed Fingal Ravens received a walkover from Ballyboughal with Parnell’s keeping their challenge on track with a 2-15 to 3-7 win over Kilmacud Crokes at Silver Park.

Two points apiece from Cillian Hunt and Conor McGrath handed the visitors the early initiative and a goal from Hunt in the 20th minute pushed Parnell’s four points clear by half-time.

Despite early points after the break from Thomas Davis and Hunt, the visitors found themselves in arrears following the concession of two goals in the third quarter.

However, a trio of Hunt frees saw Parnell’s restore their lead and they made sure of the win thanks to Harry Gardiner’s goal in added time.

Naomh Barróg remain in the promotion play-off mix courtesy of their thrilling 1-11 to 0-12 derby win against Raheny in St Anne’s Park.

There was little to separate the teams throughout as the visitors started impressively through early scores from Matthew Nolan, Luke Nolan and Ryan Alexander.

However, it was Raheny that enjoyed a marginal 0-7 to 0-6 interval advantage thanks largely to five points from placed balls by Mayo goalkeeper Rob Hennelly.

Driven on by the likes of Matt Owen, Liam Durran and Sean Doyle, Barróg resumed in a confident manner and a penalty by Durran helped put some daylight between the teams as the contest evolved.

It remained in the balance right until the final whistle but points in the final quarter from Luke Nolan, Ryan Alexander and Matthew Nolan, who shared nine points in total over the hour, proved pivotal for the Kilbarrack outfit.

Fingallians continued their late climb up the table as they scored goals in either half to overcome Round Towers Clondalkin by 2-16 to 1-13 at Lawless Park.

The win completed a fifth successive victory for the Swords outfit with a Brain Walzer goal in the 20th minute helping Fins to a two-point interval lead.

It remained tight after the break but the introduction of substitutes Stephen Hickey and Lewis Nugent Byrne had a positive effect on the home team with the latter helping himself to 1-2.

Ciaran Murtagh and Will Sheehy were hugely influential for Fins, who share fourth spot with Barróg, Naomh Olaf and St Oliver Plunkett/Eoghan Ruadh.

Elsewhere, St Vincent’s shared the spoils with Scoil Uí Chonaill and there was another draw in Portmarnock as Naomh Mearnóg and Plunkett’s could not be separated.

Go-Ahead AFL2 Results: Erin’s Isle 2-8 St Patrick’s Donabate 1-12; Fingallians 2-16 Round Towers Clondalkin 1-13; St Vincent’s 1-10 Scoil Uí Chonaill 1-10; Naomh Olaf 1-14 St Brigid’s 0-7; Naomh Mearnóg 2-12 St Oliver Plunkett/ER 2-12; Fingal Ravens w/o Ballyboughal scr; Kilmacud Crokes 3-7 Parnell’s 2-15; Raheny 0-12 Naomh Barróg 1-11.

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